Roy Halladay pitches his way into his seventeenth win of the season as the Phils turn back the Brewers to win, 5-3.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his thirty-second home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had been intentionally walked, up to second base. Two batters later, after Pete Orr had hit a single, loading up the bases as Howard stopped at third and Ibanez had went up to second base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while moving up a base both Ibanez and Orr. The Brewers got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as. with a runner on third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Betancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Casey McGehee, who had earlier doubled, moved up to third on Taylor Green’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-1, although neither team’s broadcast crew are sure that McGehee had actually touched home plate, as Ruiz had blocked part of home plate and the home plate umpire had never made a safe signal. The Brewers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-2 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Betancourt hits an RBI single, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on McGehee’s walk, then stopped at third on Jerry Hairston’s ground out, 5-3, while sending McGehee, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Hairston’s ground out. The Brewers then made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead as Jonathan Lucroy’s sacrifice fly, scoring McGehee. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Madson finally ended the threat by getting George Kottaras to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, as he recorded his twenty-ninth save of the season.
Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) gets the win as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, as he struck out nine. Antonio Bastardo pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Shaun Marcum (12-6, 3.25) took the lost, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, striking out two. Takashi Saito, Francisco Rodriguez and Kameron Loe combined for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Saito), while striking out two (Saito (1), Loe (1)) between them.
The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Pete Orr leading the team with three hits, all singles. Raul Ibanez (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) both followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Double), Hunter Pence (Single) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits.
The Phils (93-48, 1st East) will continue their series with the Brewers (85-61, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT (6:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 5, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-0 win. He will be going for his seventeenth win, while trying to pitch the Phils to their sixth straight win. The Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.47), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 5, as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 4-1 win. Wolf will see if he can slow down his old team. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to six games.